Shoulda Been a Hit: Ashley Monroe’s “I Don’t Want To” [Video]
Ashley Monroe has written some huge hits. She penned Jason Aldean's hit "The Truth." She co-wrote "Heart Like Mine" by her pal and Pistol Annies bandmate, Miranda Lambert. And she co-wrote "Flat on the Floor," which led off Carrie Underwood's Carnival Ride CD. While Ashley has had some huge songwriting successes and moderate success with the PA's . . . she hasn't achieved the same heights with her solo attempts. That said . . . her 2006 duet with Ronnie Dunn called "I Don't Want To" SHOULD have been a hit. LISTEN!
Here's Ashley flying solo with the song at The Grand Ole Opry back in 2007.
"I Don't Want To" was the second release from Ashley Monroe's debut CD Satisfied. But, based on the lack of chart success with the lead off single "Satisfied" (#43) and "I Don't Want To" (#37), that album was never released. It finally hit shelves in 2009 . . . nearly three years after "Satisfied" the single hit the airwaves. And, needless to say, it the shelves with very little fanfare.
Here at WBKR, we get frequent requests for "I Don't Want To." Monroe can thank her blooming trio Pistol Annies for that, I suppose. It helps to have friends in high places and, in the world of country, Miranda is about as well-known as they get these days. But, honestly, the song "I Don't Want To" was a great song BEFORE Miranda. And, gosh darnit! It SHOULD have been a hit!